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What are the Different Types of Body Lotion?

Diane Goettel
Updated May 21, 2024
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There are many kinds of body lotion on the market. With body lotion for aging skin, for sagging skin, for dry skin, for blemished skin, for cellulite, and for stretch marks, it seems like there are a dozen lotions on the market for every skin complaint. All of the kinds of body lotion can usually be broken down into two main categories — lotions that are intended to keep healthy skin moisturized and work to keep the skin healthy and lotions that are intended to reverse some kind of damage that the skin has experienced.

Body lotion that is intended to keep healthy skin moisturized and well comes in both scented and unscented varieties. Sometimes the scented varieties also offer aromatherapeutic benefits. This kind of lotion is also made with a number of ingredients for addressing various needs. Some people, for example, prefer to only use organic products. For these people there are lotions that are formulated using all organic ingredients or a majority of organic ingredients.

There is more variation in the kinds of body lotion used to treat different forms of skin damage. Body lotion with aloe, for example, is a product that can be used to treat skin that has been burned either by heat or by prolonged sun exposure. Lotion that is made with cocoa butter is often used to treat skin is lined with stretch marks, which may be the result of pregnancy or weight gain. There are also lotions that can be used to help treat acne, which sometimes effects the skin on the back and shoulders.

Cellulite body lotion is used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is normally used on the upper legs, thighs, and buttocks. Sometimes it is also used on the upper arms. Lotion that is intended to help firm the skin is also used in similar areas. While these lotions may help to make cellulite less visible and to make the body look a bit firmer, they are not miracle potions. Rather, they should be used along with a healthy diet and regular exercise to help reduce cellulite and tone the body.

The price of body lotion varies depending on the ingredients and the results that it promises. Some lotions can cost as little as $2 USD (US Dollars) for a family sized bottle. High-end brands are much more expensive.

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Diane Goettel
By Diane Goettel
"Diane Goettel has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English from Brooklyn College. Diane lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband, Noah. They are the proud parents of a Doberman Pinscher named Spoon. Specialties: book editing, book marketing, book publishing, freelance writing, magazine publishing, magazine writing, copywriting,"

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By Talentryto — On Jul 03, 2014

If you are looking for a body lotion that provides moisture for several hours, a natural lotion that contains milk and honey is the best option. Several companies make this type of lotion, and it is available at most stores.

By Ocelot60 — On Jul 02, 2014

My two favorite kinds of body lotion are cocoa butter lotion and baby lotion. Both types are soothing to dry, chapped skin, and are also good choices for people with sensitive skin.

For the best results, I like to use baby lotion in the winter because it is rich and moisturizing. In the summer months, I prefer to use lotion that contains cocoa butter because it is nice to smooth all over your body after a day in the sun. It also has the smell of summer!

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